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L'Assenza (2013)

Not Rated | | Short, Comedy, Drama | 13 October 2013 (UK)
A man becomes obsessed by the sight of his own double in an Italian film from the early 1960s.


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Credited cast:
Julie Addy Julie Addy ... Office Colleague 2
Lia Alu ... Giovanna
Anna Y. Barbaran Anna Y. Barbaran ... Anna
Zora Bishop ... Starlet
Simon Blackhall Simon Blackhall ... Simone
Alberto Bona ... Stravinsky Man
Jack Boswell Jack Boswell ... Jack
Susanna Cappellaro ... Claudia
Rebecca Cardinale Rebecca Cardinale ... Francesca
Adrienne Cooper Adrienne Cooper ... Library Assistant
Carlotta Manzi Davies Carlotta Manzi Davies ... Loretta
Agnes Doublé Agnes Doublé ... Paris Box Office Attendant
Adam El Hagar ... Ticket Clerk
Paul Fellerman Paul Fellerman ... Party Guest
Jack Fitzpatrick Jack Fitzpatrick ... Shop Assistant


A man becomes obsessed by the sight of his own double in an Italian film from the early 1960s.

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Short | Comedy | Drama


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Italian | English

Release Date:

13 October 2013 (UK) See more »


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GBP50,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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References La Notte (1961) See more »

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Subtle humor
13 January 2020 | by hof-4See all my reviews

L'assenza (the absence) is a brilliant, good natured, whimsical satire of the hyperintellectual Italian films of the sixties, especially those of Michelangelo Antonioni. It is also a satire of their viewers. This has been attempted before (e.g. Woody Allen in the Italian segment of Everything You Always Wanted to Know about Sex, 1972) but the approach here is more subtle, indirect and understated, to the point that to describe the action would not even begin to describe what the movie attempts (and achieves).

The length (20 minutes) suits perfectly the story; no scene could be omitted, no further material could be added. The movie has deservedly garnered a large number of festival awards, among them the London Short Film Festival 2014 and the Telluride Film Festival the same year. Not to be missed.

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